WHO: Patient Hector Sanchez, Cardiologist Dr. George Pierson M.D., EMS and nurses.

WHAT: Great Save

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Wed., Feb. 24, 2016

WHERE: Conference Rooms 1 & 2, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, 10500 Quivira Rd, Overland Park, Kan


WHY: Hector Sanchez is a 59-year-old avid runner who logs in 25 miles a week, performs weight training three times a week and has completed 31 marathons during his lifetime. On Thanksgiving Day, 2015, Sanchez ran seven miles. The next day, during his regular workout at an Olathe fitness club, Sanchez was doing sit-ups on an incline bench when he suddenly slid off and hit the floor. Two bystanders helped administer CPR and used the gym’s defibrillator as someone called 9-1-1. EMS transported Sanchez to the Level II Trauma Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center where the emergency room team cooled him in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and then to the Cath Lab where he received two stents. Sanchez spent 12 days at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, which has an accredited Chest Pain Center. He is currently being treated in Cardiac Rehab and is monitored by Dr. George Pierson M.D., a Board-certified Cardiologist at Midwest Heart & Vascular Specialists.

Three months following his surgery, Sanchez wants to thank the entire healthcare and EMS team who helped save his life at the Feb. 24 Great Save event.

“This Great Save is a celebration of life that demonstrates the skill, collaboration and compassion of all those involved in patient care at Overland Park Regional Medical Center,” says George Pierson, M.D., Cardiologist at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  “We are honored and humbled to be recognized by Hector.

“Great Saves are important—they allow us to recognize the teams who daily care for patients such as Hector Sanchez in emergency situations,” says Kevin J. Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “Hector’s story is remarkable given that he is an athlete and proves that heart disease does not discriminate.  His recovery following a heart attack is an excellent example of how our healthcare teams are dedicated to helping save lives with high-quality, compassionate care.”

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For more information about Overland Park Regional Medical Center, visit oprmc.com.